Mayor Spano & Yonkers Parking Authority Unveil New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Buena Vista Garage in Yonkers’ Waterfront District
YONKERS, NY – April 22, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today unveiled two new electric vehicle charging stations at the Yonkers Parking Authority’s (YPA) Buena Vista Parking Garage in the City’s waterfront district. The charging stations were installed this week in collaboration with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and will be free of charge for electric vehicle (EV) drivers, courtesy of the YPA.
“It is no surprise electric cars are more economical, and more importantly, better for our environment, including increased energy security, better fuel economy, reduced operating costs and reduced emissions,” said Mayor Spano. “Thanks to NYPA, NYSERDA and the YPA, Yonkers joins the growing list of cities where charging stations have been installed in New York State. We encourage residents and commuters to join our efforts in becoming a more sustainable city.”
The two new charging stations, located on level one of the Buena Vista Garage, are each capable of supplying up to 6 kilowatts of power to an electric vehicle. Charge times will vary depending on the size and type of car, but for mid-sized cars (e.g., the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-MAX Hybrid Energi or Nissan Leaf), charging is expected to take approximately four hours. The Buena Vista charging stations are the first stations to be installed in a Yonkers commuter lot.
The charging stations are equipped with software that will allow users to remotely monitor the charging process as well as pay for the battery charge, if applicable. The software will also collect and transmit data on frequency of use, length of charges and amount of energy dispensed, to allow NYPA and NYSERDA to refine details of the process for future charging installations.
“Yonkers is one of five cities in New York partnering with NYPA to take an active look at reducing energy use by utilizing energy efficiency technologies,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “These charging stations advance Governor Cuomo’s ambitious effort to install 3,000 EV charging stations across New York by 2018.”
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, “Transportation accounts for 34 percent of the State’s greenhouse gas emissions, which is why electric vehicles and charging stations are critical to protecting our environment. I applaud the City of Yonkers for installing these charging stations, which will help the State meet Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.”
New York State, through the ChargeNY initiative, is helping to put more plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the road. ChargeNY aims to reach 3,000 PEV charging stations to support an expected 30,000-40,000 PEVs on the road in New York by 2018. Since the program’s inception in 2013, New York State has supported the installation of nearly 500 charging stations (bringing the statewide total to more than 1,100), revised regulations to clarify charging station ownership rules, and supported research and demonstration projects on new PEV technologies and policies.
Mayor Spano added, “As we bring more millennials to Yonkers, especially to our waterfront, where we are building up our transit oriented development, I know these stations are a perfect fit into our smart growth plans.”